For You, While Being Human

from by Rachel Hael

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for Cody John


you say you wanna sit and talk about it
but not here, and not right now
your head's too full of clouds
don't know when you're coming down, again
you worry that the fervor's gone forever
you no longer feel the fire
your body's slowing rusting
you can't even trust your own mind

you always say a canvas needs a conflict
you shiver through a fever in your bones
that's how the body works

there is certain subtlety within your starving
there is truth within your lies
carry talent like a burden
say you're doing fine
with all you have, you battle pragmatism
so much grandeur in your mind
growing up was not an option
no room for hindsight

to feel everything by way of nothing
but you can't spit fire without swallowing smoke
that's how the body works

and I'm sorry, 'cause I never got to tell you
all the ways you've sunk deep into me
so here's to you, for only being human
'cause that's all you could ever hope to be


from So Far No Good, released March 10, 2016



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